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“As for Busch, specifically, evidence cited by King that would point to his possible involvement in Tim King’s murder is either ”to general” or excludes him altogether, she says.” From A Father’s Story by Deborah Holdship published in Michigan Today, April 25, 2016

The King family has not talked to any other person who has excluded Christopher Busch as a possible suspect. The King family is not aware of any facts that exclude Busch altogether. Remember her Chief Assistant Prosecutor told my attorney, Lisa Milton, my son, Chris, and me on June 25, 2012 he did not have any evidence exonerating Busch (Chapter 64). Cooper’s predecessor, Dave Gorcyca, has advised me that Busch was the leading suspect when his term expired December 31, 2008.

Richard Thompson, the Chief Assistant Prosecutor in 1977 when Tim died and then elected Oakland County Prosecutor advised the revitalized OCCK Task Force that Christopher Busch was the leading suspect (Chapter 49 ). Perhaps Busch’s death also accounts for the fact there was little or no activity on solving this crime for 30 years until my daughter Cathy called Livonia in July, 2007.

Four unrelated individuals have been told the King family that the case had been solved and the killer was the son of a prominent GM or automobile executive (Chapter 45). Three of the sources for this information were police officers. Busch was the son of H. Lee Busch, a General Motors vice president. Apparently some insiders were told or believed that Busch was guilty many years before the turn of the century.

The identification of Busch as a possible suspect was made by Wayne County Detective Cory Williams and the OCCK Task Force leader, Michigan State Police Sergeant Garry Gray. They identified Busch based on the facts Cathy gave them.

The MSP reports contain an entry dated October 9, 2009 stating that Cooper did not want to receive reports on the OCCK case. On October 19, 2009 the OCCK Task Force told the family of Kristine Mihelich, the third victim, that the three leading suspects were Busch and his companions, Gregory Greene and Vince Gunnels (Chapter 33). The family was shown the MSP notebooks on all three suspects.

No prosecutor should have the sole power to determine who murdered Tim and the other three victims. This is why the King family supports Mike Goetz over Dictator Cooper in the November 8 election. Goetz has told us he will open the file to us and answer our questions. Cooper continues to talk to the media, but not the victims, giving conclusions without any supporting facts.

Footnote: You can access my Story at “afathersstory-occk.com”. You can locate specific Chapters by adding “/chapter-xx”.

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“Cooper, who was elected in 2008, says members of her staff have responded to all of King’s queries over the years. Her chief assistant, Paul Walton spoke at length with King in 2012. King also met with Gary Miller, then- Oakland County deputy sheriff.” From A Father’s Story by Deborah Holdship published in Michigan Today, April 25, 2016

This statement is at best misleading and at worst incorrect. For instance, one of the Assistant Prosecutors advised me that he had been instructed not to talk to me.

The June 25, 2012 meeting with Walton is summarized in Chapter 64 of my story of my son’s murder, A Father’s Story-OCCK. Prior to this meeting on June 19, Kevin Dietz of Channel 4 sent a FOIA request to Cooper for the documents she had shown him yesterday and received 121 pages concerning the Busch investigation. This was during the same time period that Cooper told both the Oakland County Circuit Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals that this information was exempt and not available to me in my FOIA cases. Walton gave us less than ten pages at the June 25 meeting (Chapter 38). At this same meeting Walton also told us that he had no evidence exonerating Busch from participation in these murders.

Cooper and Walton asked me to come to court on July 20, 2011. When I appeared they falsely told Judge Martha Anderson that I had committed the crime of disclosing the existence of the Oakland County Grand Jury. When I asked him who provided his office with this false information at the June 25, 2012 meeting, he responded Kevin Dietz. Dietz had previously delivered to his office a statement that I was not the source of his TV program announcing the existence of the Oakland County Grand Jury (Chapter 65, Exhibit K).

The meeting with Gary Miller was arranged with Sheriff Michael Bouchard and no prosecutor was present. My summary of the meeting is at Chapter 64, Exhibit J.
Cooper called on March 1, 2010 to tell us that Busch was no longer a suspect. On June 25, 2012 Walton tells us the Oakland County Prosecutor has no evidence exonerating him. The only person who can give us the basis for her March 1 phone call is Cooper. Hopefully before the November 8 election someone in the media will ask her to explain why she called me on March 1 to tell me Busch was no longer a suspect.

Footnote: You can access my Story at “afathersstory-occk.com”. You can locate specific Chapters by adding “/chapter-xx”.

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As discussed in Post Script Three the Oakland County Prosecutor reported in February 1977 that Christopher Busch had passed a lie detector test but refused to report later readings from three other polygraphers who ruled otherwise. The inconsistent positions taken by the Oakland County Prosecutor on the publication of polygraph examinations needs clarification. The following is my timeline on the publication results of the lie detector tests of two of the OCCK suspects, Christopher Buach and Vince Gunnels.

January 28, 1977: The OCCK Task Force takes the polygraph examination of Busch in Genesee County. An Oakland County Prosecutor was present because Busch was a suspect in the murder of Mike Stebbins, the first victim (Chapter 22).

February 1977: Oakland County Prosecutor L Brooks Patterson concludes that Busch was not a suspect in the murder of Stebbins, the first victim, because he had passed a lie detector test. This information was published in two newspaper articles which were in the Michigan State Police reports which I received on December 15, 2010. Tim was abducted and killed one month later in March, 1977.

November 13, 2009: After my October 27, 2009 meeting with the Task Force Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper wrote me a letter advising me that publication of lie detector tests is a crime (Chapter 62, Exhibit J).

December 15, 2010: This is the date I received the Michigan State Police reports on Busch. It was after this date that I read two newspaper articles stating that Busch was not involved in the Stebbins case because he passed a lie detector test.

November 20. 2012: In response to my third FOIA request Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Grden delivered to me a copy of the complete polygraph test of Vince Gunnels taken on July 30, 2009 including the questions, the answers and the conclusions (Chapter 42). This information had been redacted in the MSP reports I received on December 15, 2010. Has Jessica Cooper taken any action to charge or discipline Gredn for this statutory violation?

April 1, 2013: Almost two years after I filed suit to review the October 28, 2008 search warrant on the Busch residence the 48th District Court gave me access to its search warrant file. The search warrant affidavit prepared by the Oakland County Prosecutor and signed by the Michigan State Police discloses that three experienced polygraphers concluded that Busch either failed or did not pass the January 28, 1977 lie detector test (Chapter 8, Exhibit A). The Oakland County Prosecutor publicly states in February 1977 that Busch passed the test and then refuses to give me access to the contrary readings. What is good for the goose is good for the gander! No prosecutor should have authority to state the earlier results and then deny victims or suspects access to the contrary answers.

October 2013: The police reports delivered to me at this time stated that more than 300 suspects had passed polygraph tests until Ted Lamborgine failed his test in 2005. Was a polygraph test the sole basis used to locate Tim’s killer? Has any prosecutor ever been accused of a crime when the statute is violated? Should Cooper and/or Grden be charged now?

If the courts do not clarify this problem the legislature should confer with the prosecutors and the criminal bar association to clarify procedures after anyone publishes lie detector results.

Footnote: You can access my Story at “afathersstory-occk.com”. You can locate specific Chapters by adding “/chapter-x”).

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In my judgment the method of raising children in Oakland County, and perhaps beyond, has materially changed since the OCCK deaths. If you are less than 40 years old your childhood may be much different than that of your parents, my children and even me. These changes began in 1977, but I did not realize this until 2007 after my daughter Cathy’s phone call to Cory Williams.

Before 1977 children had freedom, especially during the summer months. They had paper routes, walked to school, shopped their neighborhood stores for comic books and ice cream, took their mitts and bats to the neighborhood playgrounds and were not regularly supervised. The young children in my neighborhood do not play outdoors or visit each other. Television and computers may account for some of this result but not all of it.

This is perhaps best personified by a telephone call I received last year from one of Tim’s baseball teammates. Brian Nefcy called on the status of the investigation and told me of trip his family made to Texas to visit his wife’s parents. When his wife and he returned home his children were not there. Their grandparents advised him both his children, whom I recall were younger than Tim when he died, were walking around the block. He immediately got in the car, picked them up and told the grandparents to never allow this again.

A friend of mine who married one of Cathy’s high school friends advised me several years ago that the babysitter for his 12 year old son was always a family member with one exception. The babysitter on this one occasion was his secretary’s sister.

My neighborhood elementary school was closed several years after Tim died. The children now attend a different school which requires them to take a school bus. I was surprised to learn that some of the mothers wait at the neighborhood bus stop until their children are picked up and to meet them when they arrive home. Was this common procedure before 1977?

The above examples are only a sample of other reports I have received. Do these changes affect childhood independence and social development? Perhaps some sociologist or trained individual can make a comparison for us. Would any of these social changes have been minimized if ALL OR SOME of the suspects, especially Busch and Greene, had been identified publicly with a request for additional evidence?

Footnote: You can access my Story at “afathersstory-occk.com”. You can locate specific Chapters by adding “/chapter xx”.

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The family of Tim King wishes to thank a number of people in the attempt to identify the suspects in his murder and that of the three other children also identified as victims of the Oakland County Child Killer.

For thirty years our primary source of information was retired Birmingham Chief of Police Donald Studt. As a young officer he was at our house twelve hours a day while Tim was missing. For three decades he followed up on several leads including out-of-state visits. I recall him telling me many years ago that the case would only be solved by a death bed confession. That solution is still a possibility.

Marney Keenan, a retired Detroit News reporter, is writing a book on murders of these children which may be published soon. My Story discusses only Christopher Busch. I understand her book will be broader. Even before July 2007 Keenan met with Studt and me to discuss another suspect who had come to her attention. She was also present on October 11, 2009 when I first discussed my concerns with the Detroit News. Get in line to buy this book when publication occurs.

This Story would not have occurred if Patrick Coffey, a former neighbor and classmate of my son Chris, had not talked to Lawrence Wasser at a convention in Las Vegas (Chapter 19, Exhibit E, 21 and 22). The circumstances of this meeting are similar to a death bed confession. Coffey has flown to Michigan from California at his own expense in response to an investigative subpoena. Coffey testified but Wasser asserted his right to remain silent relying on the lie detector statute. I am not aware of anyone who believes the position of Wasser is valid. If Wasser or any other polygrapher concludes a witness committed murder silence should not be authorized.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has kept me advised and taken action to develop the facts. Her Chief Assistant Prosecutor Robert Moran has been my primary contact. He returns all my calls and has visited Chris and me at my house on four or more occasions. The only reason Wayne County has jurisdiction in the OCCK case is that Tim’s body was found there. Oakland County and Jessica Cooper, the Oakland County Prosecutor, refuse to talk to me. Cooper has instructed her assistants to silence. Thank God that Worthy and Moran do not share Cooper’s views on victim silence.

No one has been as helpful as Cory Williams. When my daughter Cathy decided to report the Coffey-Wasser story she called the police in Livonia where Tim’s body was found (Chapter 19, Exhibit E). In making this phone call Cathy partially relied on favorable comments from Chris and me after meeting Williams in late 2006. Williams retired as a Livonia police officer in 2009 and is now a Wayne County Detective. His follow-up on the Busch lead and several others have occupied a great deal of his time. He has accompanied Moran on the visits to my house and made other visits on his own.

Michigan State police officers Denise Powell and Garry Gray also deserve my thanks. Gray was appointed the leader of the 2005 revitalized Task Force and is now retired. After my October 27, 2009 meeting with the Task Force the Michigan State Police switched allegiance from Wayne County to Oakland County. Powell reestablished contacts with Wayne County (Chapter 57). Powell and Williams recently met with Chris and I to advise us that their search was at a standstill and recommended that we mutually contact the media for a national program requesting information on the killers.

Endless other individuals in law enforcement and the media have devoted time to solve this gruesome case. The King family extends a Thank You to all of you.

Footnote: You can access my Story at”afathersstory-OCCK.com”. You can locate specific Chapters by adding “/chapter –xx”. Another source is “afathersstory-OCCK.wordpress”.

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Christopher Busch was involved in the murder of my son Tim. “Tell ‘em what you gonna to tell ‘em, tell ‘em and then tell ‘em what you told ‘em” (Chapter 2). This is a short summary of what I have told you in the previous Chapters 66 to 71.

Once Busch died he could not be tried or convicted. The facts presented to me do not contain information exonerating him. After his death both Oakland County and the original Task Force essentially closed the door on the OCCK murders for almost 30 years. Presumably, they could then reopen the case if any other suspect was identified.

Four of the major factors supporting my conclusion are the non-evidentiary facts set forth in Chapter 67. After the Task Force was revitalized in 2005 Richard Thompson, the Oakland County Prosecutor responsible for the case from the beginning, told the Michigan State Police Busch was guilty. Four unrelated persons advised the King family the murderer was the son of a GM or automobile executive. On October 19, 2009, the Task Force told the family of Kristine Mihelich that Busch and his companions were the leading suspects. After Jessica Cooper became the Oakland County Prosecutor on January 1, 2009, she told the Michigan State Police not to provide her with OCCK information. Why did she do this unless she had been advised that the case was closed?

Chapters 68 to 70 set forth 24 questions to the Oakland County Prosecutor. The King family has additional areas of discussion if Cooper would only take time to meet with us. There can be a number of reasons why a prosecutor chooses not to charge a suspect. If the reasons are professional it is common to explain this to the public. How often have you read that two mutual deaths were the result of a murder-suicide? Cooper advised the media that she would not charge the Northland Mall representatives who killed a customer because they had no intent to kill him, a professional conclusion. Without an adequate explanation the King family cannot eliminate the possibility the reasons are personal (Busch’s father was a friend of the prosecutor?), political (the Busch family was a major contributor to the election campaigns?), previous mistakes (Busch was allowed to plead guilty in his four pedophile cases rather than trying him?), power and control (we cannot allow Wayne County to solve the case?) or other alternatives.

Three years ago Cooper referred to me as an 82 year old senile attorney. Her conclusion is interesting because she has never talked with me. If you agree with her I apologize for taking up your time. If you decide her judgment on my senility is incorrect or her failure to answer the questions from the King family is improper, please vote for her opponent Mike Goetz this November.

There will be post scripts to this Story but this is the final Chapter on my analysis of the investigation into Tim’s murder. One footnote will request the legislature to include new laws to require victim information in future cases.

Thank you for your patience if you have read all or any of my 73 Chapters.

Barry King.

Footnote: You can access this Story at “afathersstory.occk.com”. You can locate specific Chapters by adding “/chapter-xx”. Another source is “afathersstory-OCCK.wordpress”.

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Prosecutorial Disclosures are discussed in Chapters 38-40. At the same time Prosecutor Jessica Cooper told the Oakland County Circuit Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals and your author that she did not have to disclose anything regarding the Christopher Busch investigation she provided The Detroit Free Press, Channel 4 in Detroit, Marney Keenan of the Detroit news and perhaps others with this information in 2012, the year she ran for reelection. Among my questions on this subject are the following:

7. Why was Kevin Dietz in your office on June 18, 2012?

8. Why did you present your information on Busch to Kevin Dietz of Channel 4 before he filed his FOIA request?

9. Why were the documents you delivered to Dietz not available to me?

10. Why were the documents you delivered to The Detroit Free Press not available to me?

11. Did you discuss the OCCK case with Marney Keenan in August 2012? Did these discussions include the involvement of Busch?

12. Why did you meet with Keenan and not agree to my several requests for a meeting?

13. Did the fact that you were running for reelection in 2012 affect your judgment on the disclosure of the above OCCK and Busch matters to the media?

Sometime before the election this year I assume Cooper will take similar action to contradict my analysis and criticism. The local TV stations and newspapers should ask her to answer the questions in my conclusion Chapters in addition to publishing only her side of this investigation.

Footnote: you can access this blog at “afathersstory-occk.com’. You can access specific Chapters by adding “/chapter-xx”.

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Based on my Story I have concluded that Christopher Busch was involved in the OCCK murders. Until Oakland County will answer our questions, the King family will always believe the Oakland County Prosecutor provided results favorable to the father of the murderer rather than to the families of the victims. Paul Walton told us on June 25, 2012 that the Oakland County Prosecutor had no evidence exonerating Busch (Chapter 63). When they completed and filed the search warrant affidavit on October 28, 2008 the Oakland County Prosecutor, the Wayne County Prosecutor and the Michigan State Police all thought Busch was the best lead they had reviewed to that date.

Except for the murder of 6 million Jews by the German government, I cannot envision a more hideous death than that imposed on Tim. My children remember my warnings to Tim not to enter a stranger’s car. Once he was in the car, either forcibly or voluntarily, this eleven year old boy knew what was coming. He had no ability to protect himself from sexual abuse or the hands that suffocated him. Marion, Cathy, Chris, Mark and I have lived with these thoughts since 1977.

In addition to my conclusions of what I have told you to date, from time to time I will list the questions I would like answered. Please be patient with me as I summarize my conclusions and list my unanswered questions.

Mike Goetz, the Republican candidate for Oakland County Prosecutor, has told the King family he will provide answers to us.

Footnote: You can access this blog at “afathersstory-occk.com” You can access specific Chapters by adding “/chapter-xx”

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On April 26, 2012 Jessica Cooper was quoted in the Oakland Press stating that she had won the appeal of my first FOIA case. Unfortunately I did not retain a copy of this short quote but I have asked the paper if this is correct. This was quite a surprise because the oral argument before the Court of Appeals was on February 13, 2013 and the decision was published on November 14, 2013.

Before she became prosecutor Cooper was an Oakland County Circuit Court Judge and a Michigan Court of Appeals Judge. I would like to ask Cooper what she would have done if an attorney appearing in her court made a similar statement regarding her unpublished decision. The attorney who may have taken similar action would be advised to take his toothbrush to court on the day of the hearing.

Cooper could not have truthfully announced this result without having some contact with the Court of Appeals. She may have also been misquoted’ deliberately lying or bragging to the reporter. Are the public, the judges and I entitled to hear her explanation?

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Once Oakland County took charge silence again became the norm. In my FOIA cases the Oakland County Prosecutor successfully argued that crime victims are entitled to no information. It is my understanding that Jessica Cooper told her trial prosecutors not to talk to me. During this time period Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy responded to my inquiries and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Robert Moran and Wayne County Investigator Cory Williams conferred with the King family on a regular basis. Moran and Williams have visited with Chris and me on 5 or more occasions.

On October26, 2012 Cooper appeared on TV and stated she had met with me on 27 occasions. I will devote a future Chapters to the falsehood of these claims.

Sometime in the middle of this time period, the Michigan State Police returned to Wayne County for assistance. The King family does not know the time or reason for this change in procedure, but the Task Force responsibility is to solve the case. As discussed previously Oakland County has not identified one suspect in more than 40 years while Wayne County and the MSP found three suspects who failed a polygraph test, identified the hairs found on Mark Stebbins and Tim King with one found in the car of Archibald Sloan were a mDNA match, obtained the scientific evidence which had never been examined and identified the only suspect with a mDNA match to one of the victims. The King family would appreciate information on why the MSP changed its mind regarding Wayne County participation.

The King family was advised in June 2105 that all parties were working together for what may be the first time. For instance the names of all suspects have been placed in a computer system which allows the current investigators to compare any new leads.

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